Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie and Arlene II (2018:Arkona)

The bike tour along the German / Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure, because your “swimming hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks, through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hardly to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.

The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the World Heritage Site Wachau, Upper Austria’s capital Linz, the cosmopolitan city Vienna with a plethora of sights.

In 2018: The tours with the Normandie start and end on Saturdays and the tours with the Arkona start and end on Mondays.

New in 2019: The tours with the Normandie and the Arlene II start and end on Mondays.

New in 2019:
The new Arlene II will be your accommodation instead of the Arkona.

Day to day program 2019

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Please note:
2018:
The tours with the Normandie start and end on Saturday and the tours with the Arkona on Monday.
2019: The tours with the Normandie and Arlene II start and end on Mondays.

The website is already updated for 2019. In 2018 the itinerary can be a bit different on some days.

Day 1 (Mon): Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell

The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at approx. 4-5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2 (Tue): Engelhartszell – Untermühl – “Great Loop” (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Untermül – Linz

Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 3,- per pers.). Shipping from Untermühl to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

Day 3 (Wed.) : Linz – Mauthausen | Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 36-42km/21.6 mi.)

In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein: the impressive Castle of Greinburg.

Day 4 (Thu): Grein – Melk (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Melk – Tulln

Today’s stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today’s final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

Day 5 (Fri): Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)

Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. “Kahlenbergerdorf” with it’s wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

Day 6 (Sat): Vienna – Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest) | Vienna – Dürnstein/Rossatz

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

Day 7 (Sun): Wachau – Pöchlarn (Approx. 39 km/ 23,4 mi.) | Pöchlarn – Passau

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.

Day 8: Disembarkation: Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

Good to know

Cycle tours:  The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

Please indicate your body height when you book
To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck.

Luggage: we recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited
Smoking:
the interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
Routing/Program: basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.
Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.  

 



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Available ships for this tour

Normandie

It is like walking into a chic hotel, when you get on board of the Normandie. The friendly receptionist welcomes you aboard and hands over the keys of your cabin. All of the 49 twin and 2 single cabins have low beds, all the necessary things and a bathroom with a washbasin, shower and toilet. On the upper deck there is a panorama salon with a well-stocked bar and several seats. There is also a dancefloor and a sauna, so bring your dancing shoes and swimsuit! Below deck you’ll find the stylish restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast and dinner.

Bicycles on board: 28-inch unisex trekking bicycles of the brand Velo de Ville with normal mount (ladies model), Shimano 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability), lock and pannier bag.
E-Bikes:  modern high quality unisex E-bikes put together based on KTM frames with 8-gear hub and Pedelec cycling support triggered by using the pedals with 3 support modes, robust wheels and comfortable to ride
for both men and women. The energy supply is provided by a detachable lithium battery with a range of up to 65 km. The range is subject to body weight, amount of support used, wind, cycling style and terrain.

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Arkona

During the winter of 2017-2018 the Arkona is being completely renovated. She has a modern and elegant atmosphere with on the upper deck a tastefully furbished saloon with a bar, and a pleasant restaurant. The spacious sun deck is partly covered and the comfortable deck chairs invite to enjoy the passing scenery. Both the upper and the main deck have nicely furnished cabins; all with hotel-style beds, en-suite facilities with shower and all necessary equipment. Those on the upper deck have sliding glass doors and a French balcony or panoramic windows that can be opened.

Rental bicycles/E-Bikes:
Smooth-running 7 speed – unisex- city bikes (custom built) with hand- and back pedal brakes or with free-wheel hub (please indicate upon booking) and pannier bags.
Electric bikes (limited availability – timely booking required)
Please inform us about your body height upon booking.
To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible.

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Arlene II

The comfortable Arlene II is being completely refurbished and upgraded in the winter of 2017/2018. You will probably enjoy your dinner even more, when seated in the tastefully furnished and fully air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck. And the drinks taste better in the modern saloon and bar with panoramic windows on the upper deck. Your cabin features en-suite sanitary facilities and items such as a TV, safe and individually controlled air-conditioning. With nice weather, it’s fun to sit outside on the partly shaded sun deck and watch the landscape pass by.

Bicycles on board: 28-inch unisex trekking bicycles of the brand Velo de Ville with normal mount (ladies model), Shimano 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability) and pannier bag.
E-Bikes:  modern high quality unisex E-bikes put together based on KTM frames with 8-gear hub and Pedelec cycling support triggered by using the pedals with 3 support modes, robust wheels and comfortable to ride
for both men and women. The energy supply is provided by a detachable lithium battery with a range of up to 65 km. The range is subject to body weight, amount of support used, wind, cycling style and terrain.

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Included, excluded & information

Included in this tour

7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category

Program according to the description from/to Passau

Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner

Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin

Captains greeting and welcoming drink

Daily live music

1x Information pack with route book per cabin

Daily bike tour instructions

Board manager (does not cycle)

Port fees and tourist taxes

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau

Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)

Other transfers

Parking fee

Entrance fees & excursions

Drinks on board

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: € 70 per bike/week
Rental E-Bike: € 165 per bike/week
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Travel safe: we recommend to wear a bike helmet (compulsory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years). Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 40.- per helmet, limited number.

Parking in Passau:
Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space €66 per week
Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €77 per week.
(registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

Minimum number of participants: 50 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE-Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.


Availability and prices

Travel Dates 2019 – Normandie:
Departures from Monday to Monday

  • Season A: April 22 / October 7
  • Season B: May 6 / September 23
  • Season C: May 20 / September 9
  • Season D: June 3 / July 1, 15, 29 / August 12 and 26

 

Travel Dates 2019 – Arlene II:
Departures from Monday to Monday

  • Season C: May 13 / September 2
  • Season D: May 27 / June 10 and 24 / July 8 and 22 / August 5 and 19


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Astern Cabins at rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (when ship is in motion and in locks)

Twin cabin for single use (limited quantity): + 50%
Child reduction: till 13 years 20% in a cabin with 1 adult.

 

Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D
Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. From €659 From €779 From €859 From €899 Twin cabin astern* upper deck 2 pers. From €699 From €819 From €899 From €939 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. From €799 From €919 From €999 From €1039 Single cabin upper deck 1 pers. From €1049 From €1169 From €1249 From €1289 Suite upper deck (Arlene II) 2 pers. on request Not available From €1199 From €1239

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